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Superintendent Dave Kerby

8-23-2021.  Thank you for visiting the website of Big Horn County School District #4. I am beginning year 6 as the BGH4 Schools Superintendent, and I am more excited and optimistic for this school year than I have been previously. We have a great staff, and they are ready to get started. Construction projects are underway that will present an inconvenience for our Riverside PE and football programs this fall, but the big picture outlook is very positive for the new track, football field, and locker rooms to be completed by November. Our new facilities will be top quality. I know our fall coaching and PE staff will adjust and still have a great year. 


We are pleased and feel fortunate that during a nationwide Covid-19 Pandemic, we have been able to maintain (after Spring 2020) BGH4 schools for all students and staff in brick-and-mortar school buildings.  I think we all agree that in-person, in-school instruction works best for our school district’s delivery of education. Having students physically in our schools is beneficial educationally and social-emotionally.


Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic to date, we have been safety conscious and careful—and we will continue to be cautious. Last year we followed state/local guidelines and instituted a mask rule during transitions at school and at evening activities for spectators/teams. This year (at this point) the state does not have a mask mandate in place. We continue to work closely with our county health department and the three other Big Horn County School Districts: Greybull, Lovell, and Cowley/Burlington. Each day we receive health information (COVID statistics) from Big Horn County Health, and we will post these numbers on our school’s website. We plan to open the year with no mask mandate. At school we will continue to encourage social distancing as much as possible as well as enhanced cleaning and hygiene.


We moved into new schools the last week of October 2019, and we still have a new school feel. The new Laura Irwin Elementary (LIE at 1211 West “B” Street) accommodates Kindergarten through 5th grade students. The new Riverside Middle/High School (RMHS at 1212 West “B” Street) hosts 6th through 12th grades. Matt Jensen is the K-12 Principal and will lead the academic efforts in these two schools this year.


This district values and maintains strong academic traditions. Riverside High School was recognized in 2018-19 by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 5 high schools in Wyoming. Our 2018-19 Academic Challenge team was both the small school, and overall state champion.

Riverside Middle/High School continues to offer 8 periods each day--enabling students to bolster their high school experience with additional electives. Approximately 90% of our Riverside MHS students are involved in one or more extra-curricular activity each year.

A District Strategic Plan was developed during 2018-19 with input from students, staff, parents, business leaders, community, and school board.  As a result, admins and staff continue to focus on continuous improvement in the areas of: 1) Learning and Teaching, 2) Communication, and 3) Culture.

BHCSD#4 is unique in our well trained, caring staff with small class sizes: a ratio of 10 students per teacher in our 6-12 classes, and 17 students per teacher in our K-5 rooms. Besides certified teachers we have administrators, counselors, para educators, a nurse, SRO, and secretaries who all positively impact the lives/education of our students and further reduce the student to adult ratio. During this COVID-19 era, we are employing additional staff to help with remediation and social/emotional needs.

Each new school year brings a level of excitement and energy that is contagious. Please communicate with staff and students, and check our website for upcoming events; then, plan to attend a couple more school events this year than last. Students and staff value parent and community involvement. The opportunities and challenges that lie ahead will result in what we hope will be the best year ever for your student/s.

Best regards,

Dave Kerby



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Big Horn School District #4
416 S 3rd St.
Basin, Wyoming 82410
Phone: 307 568 2684
Fax: 307-568-2654